Sunday, November 15, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Crown (Season Premiere)

The Crown: Season 4, Episode 1 “Gold Stick” (B+)

This was my top drama series last season, and it’s nice to know that at least one of the shows I watch was able to finish filming its latest slate of episodes before the coronavirus pandemic hit. This episode was a strong and powerful introduction to new storylines and characters, as well as an emphatic goodbye to one regular player. I’ve seen intense cinematic depictions of the IRA in films like “’71,” and there was something about the serenity of Lord Mountbatten’s trip, which ended so violently with a purposeful attack. That his last conversation with Charles was not a pleasant one made his untimely death all the more painful, and that conversation between Charles and his father about their strained relationship was a formidable showcase for both Josh O’Connor and Tobias Menzies. Through all of this, Charles also met someone who we know is going to become a big part of his life. I’m not familiar with actress Emma Corrin, but she seems like a great fit to portray the legendary Diana. It’s also a delight to see Gillian Anderson, best known for roles in “The X-Files” and “Sex Education,” take on the role of Margaret Thatcher. She’s already been memorable and more than a match for Olivia Colman in their scenes together. I’m eagerly looking forward to the rest of this season and will just have to figure out how often I’ll treat myself to another episode of this show since all ten installments are now available. Look out for new reviews at least once a week if not more frequently.

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